This past spring, after experiencing one too many sleepless and anxious ‘thought filled’ nights, I revisited an old and loved practice of mine – list making. I have always been an avid list maker, sometimes making a list just for the fun of it. Where I’ve typically faltered though, is in crossing things off of the lists. See, when all my to-do’s are staring at me face-on, I experience a paralysis of ‘where to begin?’. At some point I fell out of practice with consistent list making – partially because of this paralysis, but also because of a lack of effort to gather my thoughts.
Yet, while collecting sleepless nights, nothing seemed more effective than to release all of my thoughts and to-do’s in one epic 3am list session. After looking at the nearly four pages that I had filled, I knew that while my to-do’s were out of mind, that they wouldn’t be crossed-off unless I made a plan. I decided that I would choose three tasks that I had to complete the next day, and with that peace of mind, went back to bed. The next day, I completed those three (insert fist bump!), and so, I assigned myself another three to complete the following day. I continued with this practice for a good month, and my goodness, was it effective. Each night I would choose my three to-do’s and head to bed with a settled mind.
Lately, I’ve fallen back out of any list making tendencies, and my mind and our household are starting to show for it. So, what better way to tackle the issue, than to continue to ignore the to-do’s, and instead start a project as a means to ‘solve it’. Kidding aside – I do thrive off of aesthetically pleasing things, and also have mindfulness towards where I can reduce my waste. This board is a happy staple on my desk, making for a great reminder of what I plan to tackle each day, and is also a nice way to reduce unnecessary waste in our household. I’m happy to report that I am back on my three-a-day goal, and that it has made a pleasant change in how I feel at the end of each day. Keep reading to see how you can make one of your own :-).
One 6″ wide piece of craft wood (it can go by many names – plywood, basswood, etc.)
One 1/4″ x 1/4″ craft wood strip
One 3/32″ x 3/32″ craft wood strip
One 5″ x 7″ plastic photo pane (you can find them in the frame section of craft stores)
Saw or Utility Knife
Gold Paint (spray or acrylic)
White Paint (spray or acrylic)
Craft or Wood Glue
White Dry Erase Pen
6″ wide board – cut one piece to be 8 1/2″ long.
1/4″ strip – cut one piece to be 3 1/2″ long.
3/32″ strip – cut one piece to be 5″ long, cut one piece to be 3 3/4″ long, and cut two pieces to be 1/2″ long.
Lightly sand all pieces to make smooth.
Glue the 3/32″ pieces together, like the above picture. After glueing the seams, dab a dot of glue on top of each seam (like pictured). Let them sit for one minute, and then wipe them away so that there is just a thin layer left.
Using your painters tape, mark off whatever pattern you decide. I made a diagonal section of gold, with one side being 1 3/4″ from the bottom edge, and the other being 5″ from the bottom edge. Paint your design, and the 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ piece of wood with gold paint.
Once the 3/32″ rectangle is sufficiently dried, paint it white.
Glue the 1/4″ piece of gold wood 5/8″ down from the top edge of the 6″ board.
Glue the 3/32″ white rectangle to the top edge of your plastic photo pane.
Cut two rectangles measuring roughly 6″ x 1 1/2″. You can easily do this by cutting one 6″ x 3″ rectangle, and then cut it in ‘half’ diagonally.
On the bottom edge of the rectangle, measure 1/4″ up on one side only. Draw a line from the 1/4″ mark, to the corner of the other side. Cut away the small sliver of board that sits at/below the line. Removing this sliver of wood will allow your board to sit at a slight angle, instead of at a 90º angle.
You’re all set to get organized! I’d love to know if you end making this, and what you plan to use it for!